the hammer was in the freezer for about an hour then sprayed with water from one of those kitchen cleaner sprays (I mean the bottle, not the bleach), it frosts up really quickly and stays there for a long time, even on muggy days like today, the idea was courtesy of Mysteryscribe though so I can't claim the credit for that
try side lighting if they look flat. with the light at a low angle to the object. It will increase the off side shadow of the water drops and make them pop out at you. It will however case a side shadow of the hammer which might be interesting as well.
I was having a few problems with lighting as the hammer is very reflective so needs a diffused light source, thing is that I have neither the equipment or the money to make it work with side light. One day, when I can justify it, I'll but myself some studio lights etc. but it's a long way off at the moment
You and I have a lot in common i fear, so let me give you a tip. Go to the home depot and buy a piece of masonite 2' x 4' (or if your ride is small 2x 2'x4') when you get home cut it in half. Then duck tape one long end to the other. This will make a book that you can open to use as a background for shooting small tabletop items.
Now you can sit this on a chair, using the chair back to support the back of you holder. Then sit the chair in a doorway to the outside or a window on one side. This will give you side lighting. You can use a trouble light with a light bult for your indoor lighting.
Masonite about three bucks or so... a couple of pieces of construction paper to make it black about another two bucks. this is portable enough that you move the background not the light source. I nice little use of window light. You can control the tilt of the back to control how much back light you have. If you use it with the light dead on. Won't make much difference but you can get different colors of construction board to make a different colored bookboard.
For flat overhead light use the trouble light and do your color corrections or go black and white. I often take my book background onto the front porch on nice days and change the angle till I like it.